This one is funny and sad at the same time. While the US and other countries are on the path of slow legalization of marijuana, Hungary steers in the diametrically opposed direction. After stipulating harsher penalties for both drug users and dealers in July this year, politicians in Hungary are in all seriousness considering a strategy to make their country completely drug free by 2020. ROFLMAO. The parliament is expected to pass the strategy document compiled by the government next week because the governing Fidesz party has an absolute majority in the legislature.
Members of the parliament from other parties say that this step was long overdue and focused too much on adolescents whereas the problem of psychoactive and new designer drugs is widely neglected. While drug prevention experts appreciated the strategy under discussion they also said that it might be unrealistic to think it's possible to make Hungary drug free.
According to statistics the drug use among young people has risen in recent years wherein the age of the users has lowered at the same time. The most used drugs are marijuana and legal pharmaceuticals such as tranquilizers, sleeping pills or a combination of medicine and alcohol, hence the government wants half of all students to get involved in projects preventing drug use while the police should crackdown on users and dealers more strongly.
While the US and some countries in South America and Europe start to act more tolerant regarding the possession and use of cannabis, some are apparently still prepared to walk down the old roads of the "War on Drugs" as if nothing had changed in society in recent years.
As Albert Einstein once said: "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result."
Good Luck, Hungary. Insane. Fail.